$700-800 Gaming PC, ordering 9/15, help maximize my $$$

Hello all,

I've been a lurker for a little while, but now I have the money to actually post, haha. I'd like some advice on a primarily gaming PC in the $700 to $800 range.


BUDGET RANGE: $700-800 Before Rebates ($800 is the absolute limit of my budget and I don't really trust rebates), but I would prefer to keep it in the $700-750 range if at all possible.

SYSTEM USAGE FROM MOST TO LEAST IMPORTANT: Gaming/Internet (streaming movies, etc.)/Light audio editing

PARTS NOT REQUIRED: Monitor, Keyboard & Mouse

PREFERRED WEBSITE(S) FOR PARTS: Newegg (I just prefer to order everything from one place)


PARTS PREFERENCES: Nvidia for the card - that's about it

OVERCLOCKING: Maybe (I have never done it and am a little iffy about the possibility of frying everything in some way)

SLI OR CROSSFIRE: Maybe (next year sometime, not right away)


ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: I have a little experience (installing RAM, Vid Cards, replacing Power Supplies), but have never assembled an entire PC from scratch before. As for components, I really want a 1TB HDD, as I have several smaller external HDDs and would like to clear up a bit of the clutter by transferring files. I'd like to get a USB 3.0 motherboard if I can, but it's not crucial. I'd like there to be some future expandability with SLI, as cards come down in price. Basically I just want the best bang for the buck, and to not regret my purchase 3 months from now (as do we all, haha) since I'm not likely to have this kind of money again for a long while.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to read and respond.
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  1. you cant sli the gtx 470s on an amd build..... im not a fan of the gf100 cards they run hot and are power hungry so if you are going for an amd build then i would go for a 5850 or 5870
  2. wait doesnt that motherboard have 1 x16 lane and 1 x4???? if it does then you wont be able to crossfire in the future
  3. I'm asking for alternative builds for less money. The picture I posted was just what I came up with digging around on Newegg. I don't require a GTX 470, I was just seeing what I could put together for under $800. Any build suggestions are welcome, as I'm pretty open to anything. I would like to have some PhysX and SLI expansion capabilities in the future, though.
  4. I'm just gonna edit out the pic of that build and start from scratch. Pretend it never happened. I'm wide open for suggestions.
  5. AMD + ATI:

    GIGABYTE GA-880GA-UD3H + GIGABYTE GV-R585OC-1GD Radeon HD 5850
    AMD Phenom II X4 955 + XFX P1-650X-CAG9 650W
    G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-Pin DDR3
    SAMSUNG Spinpoint F3 HD502HJ 500GB
    LITE-ON 24X DVD Writer Black + Rosewill DESTROYER


    For Nvisia you can get a GTX 460-1G and maybe a SLI mobo.
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